Tuncurry to Yamba
Monday June 22 saw us packing up to move on again. We stopped along the way at Buladelah for morning tea and then followed the tourist drive to Tuncurry. Unfortunately the lakes that we drove beside for ages were mostly hidden by trees but we did get a few glimpses. We settled on a caravan park at Tuncurry beside the outlet to the sea. After setting up and having lunch we did our usual drive around to get our bearings. There were some lovely views from Bennetts Head Lookout and then the Giant Sandhill at One Mile Beach at Forster was particularly impressive
Myall River at Buladelah Forster Headland One Mile Beach & Giant Sandhill
David and I went for a walk before breakfast on Tuesday and later in the morning we all walked out to the end of the breakwater firstly and then in the other direction along to the bridge that crosses from Tuncurry to Forster. We were all ready for lunch by the time we got back to the vans. In the afternoon we drove north to Hallidays Point, Black Head, Red Head and Diamond Head where we saw some more lovely beaches. I came across an interesting fact that day. There are 10,685 beaches in Australia (a beach can be defined as a stretch of sand longer than 20 metres and remaining dry at high tide) and if one was to visit one beach a day it would take 29 years to see them all. I guess that’s without allowing time to travel from one to another! Now there’s a piece of trivia for the next trivia night! We went to the Sporties Club at night for dinner as Ron had been told they did a three course dinner for $10. Unfortunately we were there on Tuesday night and the $10 dinner is only on Monday night. We enjoyed a nice dinner anyway and it didn’t break the bank.
Black Head Beach Diamond Beach
Wednesday June 24 dawned and it was moving day again. It is a memorable day in the Guyatt household as Stevo and Matt were born on that day 40 years ago. Our lives have never been the same since! Di and Ron were parting company with us so we stopped along the way at a little town called Kew to have an early birthday morning tea for David’s birthday which is next week. It was sad to say goodbye to them as we’ve had some great times together. They left us to go on to Red Rock and we continued on to North Haven which was only 12 kilometres away. It’s another lovely spot with more beaches to explore and tick off the list! The park is lovely too – quite spacious and with great shade trees. We drove over to Laurieton (a nearby town) and spent quite a while watching pelicans and seagulls begging for fish scraps from the fishermen.
Grants Beach, North Haven Hungry pelicans Yachts on the river
Thursday was spent sightseeing around North Haven. We firstly drove up North Brother Mountain which has some wonderful views over Queens Lake, the Camden Haven River and the little towns of North Haven, Laurieton and Dunbogan. We drove back to Kew next and then just north of there to a little town called Kendall. Miss Nellie’s Café had been recommended to us for morning tea so we thought we should try it out. It was worth driving 15 kilometres for. On our way home we went to have a look at Wash House and Dunbogan Beaches and that brought another lovely day to an end.
View from North Brother Wash House Beach Dunbogan Beach
We left North Haven on Friday morning and to go to Corindi which is 35km north of Coffs Harbour. The park is in a lovely spot set right beside the beach. At 5.30 that afternoon the park managers put on nibblies in the camp kitchen so we joined in that and enjoyed chatting with some of the other campers. The next morning we went for an early morning walk on the beach then after breakfast packed up the picnic bag and went to do some exploring. Di and Ron had spent two nights at Red Rock after leaving us and they’d really enjoyed it so we went there first. David sat on a seat overlooking the beach while I wandered along it to take some photos. It’s a pretty spot. After leaving there we went back south a bit and drove around some more beaches. We had morning tea overlooking Arrawarra Beach then took a look at Mullaway Beach and finally went to Woolgoolga. There were markets on there so we parked and had a wander then climbed back in the trusty Pajero and continued on up to the headland. There were quite a few cars parked at the top and when we stopped we realised that there were some whales out at sea. We’ve been looking for whales all along the coast so were very excited. One was reasonably close in so I snapped away merrily and was pleased to find later that I’d managed to get a couple of good shots. We spent some time later in the day sitting watching the surf roll in back at Corindi Beach.
A whale breaching Red Rock Beach Corindi Beach
(Double click to enlarge and see my whale!)
Sunday was moving day again. We’ve visited Yamba a few times and really like it so booked in for three nights at our favourite park here. It’s near the river and the surf beach and is also right in the town so we are able to pretty much walk everywhere. There were markets on in the park next to the caravan park so after setting up we went to have a look at what was on offer. We bought some morning tea but that was all. After lunch I walked up town and met a friend (sister of one of David’s friends from before we were married) for coffee while David had a rest and then went and refuelled the car. He joined Caroline and I for a while after that.
We started Monday with an early morning walk – along the river and then out to the end of the breakwater. We were interested to watch an old boat shed being demolished at the beginning and end of our walk. It certainly didn’t take long to knock it down. We filled the rest of the morning up with a visit to a little town called Gulmarrad (near Maclean) where my cousin Marie and her husband Tom live. They are on acreage in a lovely peaceful part of the world and have resident kangaroos to keep them entertained. We really enjoyed catching up with them. The rest of the day was fairly uneventful with just a walk up town and then another short walk down by the river.
Home is the fisherman Yamba lighthouse Day’s end
Today we caught the ferry across to Iluka with Carolyn, a friend from days gone by from our church. Her husband Bob met us at the other end and we then went for a drive out to Woody Point which is a National Park just out of Iluka. They’d gone camping there a few weeks ago with Ros and John – our good friends and also our daughter-in-law Rachel’s parents. It’s a lovely spot and one we’ll put on our list to come back to one day. After that we headed to the Iluka Hotel for lunch and a long chat and it was lovely to spend time with them. David and I returned on the ferry on a beautiful sunny afternoon. It was great to see some dolphins including a mother and baby as we neared Yamba but unfortunately I was unable to get any photos of them.
MV Mirigini The beautiful Clarence River
Tomorrow we’ll be moving on again but not too far up the road. We’re planning to spend five nights at Hastings Point and will then pack up and head for home so only one more post to go!